A Saltwash-ed Beachy, Distressed Look

4 Materials
2 Days

I had fun (except for the sanding) creating this beachy look. Although I live in the Midwest so I like to call it my coastal farmhouse look. It turned out great!
This Saltwash product was given to me in exchange for this post but I am telling you...I love this stuff. And that is my own opinion.
This chest is really big and it was actually in the house when we bought it. It has never been out of this room.
Since I have been working on this room I decided to FINALLY makeover this chest.
So you mix the Saltwash product into the first coat of paint. I used a light blue to match the shutters by the headboard.
I needs to have the consistency of cake batter. Weird right? I thought so too. Then you actually "glob" it onto the piece all over.
It creates a texture that gets sanded later.
When that is dry, you add your second color of paint. I wanted to match my headboard so I used the same white latex paint.
Then you sand to reveal the first color and a little bit of wood if you want a more distressed look!
You can see more photos and get the entire tutorial from my blog. I hope you will stop by!

Suggested materials:

  • Saltwash  (Was provided to me)
  • Blue latex paint  (hardware store)
  • White latex paint  (hardware store)
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Michelle James

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 9 questions
  • Sus10812243
    on Aug 18, 2017

    Gorgeous- after it's painted and sealed(?) is the surface smooth?
  • Linda R
    on Feb 5, 2019

    Did you use flat, satin or enamel paint? I have a chest, smaller than yours that we use in the guest/family room for linens. I would like to do something that that in this room which also has a beachy vibe.

  • Katherine
    on Jun 19, 2019

    Where can I get salt wash

    • Michelle James
      on Jun 20, 2019

      Hi Katherine. There is a link in the blog post that takes you to a the company to purchase online. Just click on the green link on the word "saltwash" . Thanks.

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4 of 33 comments
  • Lisa House
    on Aug 5, 2016

    This is the best makeover using this product that has been posted! Great job!

  • Araceli Rivera
    on Jan 5, 2019

    That's a great project,

    Thank you for sharing,

    I'm definitely going to do it.

    I was ready to put this chest in the trash..

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